(Dec. 11, 2017) -- Meet Ricky Esquivel. He’s using the knowledge he’s attained at UTSA in analytics to help mitigate risk in anti-money laundering.
Working at USAA for 14 years, most recently as a decision science analyst, Esquivel wanted to gain a broader understanding of big data. He began researching challenging academic programs and discovered the new Master of Science in Data Analytics at UTSA. The one-year degree program is producing highly skilled and educated data analysts who can transform big data into usable information for decision makers.
“The program at UTSA was exactly what I needed to become more successful in my role at USAA.”
Esquivel was part of the first cohort to enroll in the Data Analytics program in August 2016, when he began taking evening classes after work. Some of the challenging courses he studied for centered around big data technology and data analytic algorithms.
He was immediately able to apply what he was learning at UTSA to his daily responsibilities at USAA.
“There is a direct correlation between what I’m studying at UTSA and my job duties at USAA,” said Esquivel. “It’s helped to have professors who have lived it or done it, because they’re familiar with the concepts and techniques. I have excelled in my studies because of the influence of my professors.”
He is already making an impact at work using the knowledge he’s gained in his UTSA classes. Since enrolling at UTSA, he has been promoted to senior program project manager.
“Through analytics, I helped monitor transactional activity that could result in money laundering if undetected. The process entailed looking for patterns and red flags to further investigate,” Esquivel said. “UTSA has allowed me to position myself for success at work. It’s really given me the more technical background to have deeper conversations with business partners.”
Esquivel says staying with the same group of students throughout the program has also been beneficial. It’s helped him build relationships and network. Now, the cohort will be the first to cross the stage together at UTSA’s Fall Commencement.
“My experience at UTSA has been challenging but also one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had,” Esquivel said. “I wanted to advance at work and this program has expanded my knowledge on so many broad topics. Finding a program that tied specifically to what I wanted to do at work is invaluable.”
Learn more about the UTSA College of Business and its Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security.
Learn more about the UTSA M.S. in Data Analytics program.
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Meet other Fall 2017 graduates.
The ITC will livestream. Smithsonian Affiliations, the Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos & the Conservatorio de Músico will bring U. S.-based scholars of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies to Puerto Rico to engage with local scholars about migration, music, art, literature, education, history, and diasporic experiences.Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Infection, Immunity and Vaccines discussed during this two day conference.The Eilan Hotel and Spa, 18603 La Cantera Terr., San Antonio
UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty and staff will conduct a presentation on recent developments in astronomy and astrophysics followed by stargazing in the observatory.Flawn Sciences Building (FLN 2.02.02) and Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory, 4th floor, Main Campus
The annual concert series begins the choirs and orchestra performing Dvorak's "Te Deum" . This concert is open to the public. Admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The second of three in the annual holiday concert series which will feature the Chamber Singers (Santa Baby), Saxophone Ensemble (Sleigh Ride), Jazz Ensemble (Sugar Rum Cherry), Flute Ensemble and more performing holiday favorites. Admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Roadrunners close out the regular season at home against North Texas.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
This event showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines. The symposium is designed to provide a public venue where UTSA senior engineering students to present advances achieved in their design projects.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Join the Office of Information Technology for the grand opening of the Digital Experience Lab (DEx Lab). The DEx Lab is open to the entire UTSA community and contains innovative learning tools and serves as a virtual reality lab.Applied Engineering and Technology Building (AET 0.202), Main Campus